“You seem in an awfully good mood,”
Nebellea turned to look back at her sister lounging on one of rooms comfortable divans.
“I forgive you. You were humming, like you were happy,” Casielle flicked to the next page of her book.
Nebellea scowled “I did not realise that feeling optimistic was against the law,”
“Nah it’s just weird that’s all, It’s kind of freaking me out. You normally just blush or throw tantrums,”
“I do not!”
“Oh sure, I’ll just blame the slamming doors on Pellik,” Casielle hid her smile behind her book. Nebellea turned stiffly back to the mirror and concentrated on fixing another hair pin in place.
“I wonder why are you feeling so upbeat today?” Casielle continued in mock confusion stroking an imaginary beard.
“I am not listening to your silliness little sister.”
“Maybe you got a pony? No that can’t be right. Oh! I know you’re happy because you got a pat on the head from Owandise!” Casielle did not need tin to hear Bella’s teeth grinding at the jibes. “Oh wait I know.” Casielle paused for effect “Your getting to see Hyrum tonight! That’s why you aren’t as grumpy as usual!”
“Oh would you stop it!” Nebellea snarled spinning round again.
“You looooooovvvvve him, Nebby!” Cassielle cackled, laying aside her book “Who’d have thought one eyed, thirty somethings were your thing!”
“I do not! It’s not-”
“Oh Hyrum,” Casielle simpered mimicking her sister’s voice “your eye patch is sooo cute aahhhh!” Casielle yelped as launched a pillow at her.
“Stop being insufferable! And no I WAS happy because I was reminded I had people who like me! Care about me!”
“Awwwww how sweet did Hyrum get you flowers?”
“NO!” Bella took a moment to compose herself “Actually it was Quillan who reminded me and no before you ask he did not buy me flowers! He hugged me and reminded me that people cared. Akhara had been pacing around all night wiring for me. There happy now!”
“What no smart response?”
“I’m sure I’ll come up with something in a second,”
Nebellea turned to look at her sister slightly surprised. She was sat grumpily picking up her book again
“Why do you look like a sour puss all of a sudden?”
“No reason, would you stop distracting me from my book now”
“Me distracting you!”
“Yes stop it.” A long silence descended.
“You’re jealous!” You could hear the grin in Nebellea’s voice as she made the connection.
“I am not!”
“You absolutely are! You’re jealous of Quinn hugging me! Is that why you have suddenly take such an interest in playing that Skaa game?”
“No! It’s not like that! I uh.”
“Impressive that must the first time I have ever seen you at a loss for words.”
“Shut up, I don’t want to…”Cassiel stopped speaking as Nebellea suddenly hugged her, pressing her sister against her as words began tumbling out.
“Look I know that things are a little, strained at the moment and you can be a real brat sometimes but don’t be afraid Cas. I’m here for you and I just want to see you happy. If you have taken a fancy to Quillan that’s… that’s fine. We seem to have so little time to just enjoy the moment and be ourselves now. Too much worrying about what will or will not happen. So if you are finding joy in spending time with Quillan just… just enjoy it,”
Cassielle nodded her head silently and the two broke apart from their hug. They stood their awkwardly for a few seconds neither sure of what to say.
“I’lll – I’ll see you at dinner Cas,”
“Just learn to practice what you preach okay Bella?” Cassielle says quietly as her sister walked away.